I love young adult literature and read 2-3 titles a week This blog was formerly found at ashbyreads.blogspot.com
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner
Torrey is famous online for her fashion video blog with thousands of followers. But Torrey's family has just moved to a new town to escape from the attention they are receiving after her younger sister was killed by a drunk driver. Torrey was the queen bee at her previous school and is careful to align herself with the most popular people at her new school but she is also terrified that they will find out who she is. One thing she knows she can't do is hang out with Luis who is despised by her new friends for some reason. But Luis is the only person she feels she can really talk to. On top of all that, Torrey's mom is falling apart with the grief and Torrey is dealing with a secret of her own about her sister's death.
I found the book less engaging than it sounds from the description of what is happening and got frustrated with Torrey pushing Luis away when he was obviously better for her than the popular girls. But Torrey's growth throughout the book does seem realistic by the time we get to the end of the whole thing even though it was annoying in the process.